Monday, July 2, 2012

Round-Up: July 2

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. Also, I made great progress on the book this weekend so it's still on schedule to be done by August 1, fingers crossed.

HODIE: ante diem sextum Nonas Iulias.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows The Death of Lucretia; you can also see the legends for the current week listed together here.


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Occasio capienda est (English: Seize the opportunity).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Persevera per severa (English: Persevere through severities).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Ante Dei vultum nihil unquam restat inultum (English: In the presence of God, nothing ever remains unavenged).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Ne derelinquas amicum antiquum; novus enim non erit similis illi (Sirach 9:10). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Conybeare: Muli mutuum scabunt: Mules do gnap or rubbe one another. A proverbe applied to persons ill and defamed, when one of them doth prayse the other.


ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Iuno et Vulcanus, the sad story of Iuno and her reaction to newborn son Vulcan.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Canis in Praesepe et Bos, the famous story of the greedy dog in the manger (this fable has a vocabulary list).

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Fisherman and the Fish, the story of why it is good to be a little fish instead of a big one.

MILLE FABULAE WIDGET: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Pisces, Magni et Minuti, which - entirely by coincidence, I have to confess - matches the English fable of the day today.

MILLE FABULAE: Here's a favorite fable from Mille Fabulae et Una: Leo et Homo, Concertantes, a wonderful story about fact and fiction: Homo et leo inter se concertabant quis eorum esset superior et, cum venissent ut quaererent huius altercationis testimonium ad monumentum ubi erat pictura quomodo ab homine leo suffocaretur, ostendit leoni homo testimonium in pictura. Cui leo sic ait, “Hoc ab homine pictum est. Nam si leo pingere posset, pinxisset quomodo leo suffocasset hominem. Veni mecum et dabo tibi verum testimonium.” Deduxit leo hominem ad amphitheatrum, et ostendit illi veram fidem quomodo homo a leone suffocatur et dixit homini, “Hoc testimonium non est color, sed opus in veritate factum.”

Leo et Statua